15 Things Boston College Fans Should Expect from Steve Addazio

15 Things Boston College Fans Should Expect from Steve Addazio

In honor of our Fearless Leader's alma mater, it's been requested that I put together a list of what BC students, alums and fans should expect from their new head coach.

In 15 easy bullet points, a quick getting-to-know Steve Addazio:

• He will be loud. His press conferences will frequently be loud.

• He will be very excited. He will probably get you excited. It will be hard not to get excited.

• He'll talk about being a northeast guy at northeast school and about wanting to settle in the northeast region.

• To that end, you will keep a keep a very close watch on the coaching situation at UConn.

• He will run the ball. A lot.

• His offensive coordinator will run the ball. A lot. Ryan Day is already in Boston, according to the Inqy's Keith Pompey.

• He will have four keys to winning every football game:

1) Establish the run
2) Play great defense
3) Play outstanding on special teams
4) Don't turn the ball over.

You will be able to recite those keys verbatim in relatively short order.

• He will probably recruit a dual-threat quarterback to oversee a power run game crossed with a spread-option attack.

• You will hear all you've ever wanted to hear about tough, hard-nosed, smash-mouth, physical football.


• Losses will be couched with the idea that the other team is in substantially more pain than they were before the game, specifically because of your football team, and not the general undertaking of the game itself.

• He will appear as if he has no idea what's going on with conference realignment, but he will assure you that the administration has it covered.

• This will extend to any big-picture question asked on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday — the three days he will have media availability. Once you get into those Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you'll just be so focused on what you're doing in practice, you won't have time to worry about all that other sh… stuff.

• He will come very close to swearing while at the podium after games. After wins, especially if they wind up few and far between, he will crack.

• He will be surprisingly honest, at times. He will tell you exactly what he's thinking, at times. At other times, he will lie through his teeth. He's a college football coach.

• There will never, ever be injury updates, though it's possible there will be a depth chart. I stress the word possible.

And now, I pass Steve Addazio onto you, Enrico. Good luck, BC.


Phillies sign OF Daniel Nava, LHP Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts

Phillies sign OF Daniel Nava, LHP Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts

The Phillies made a couple quiet additions as the winter meetings ended, signing veteran outfielder Daniel Nava and lefty reliever Sean Burnett to minor-league contracts.

Nava, 34 in February, is a left-handed hitter who can play the outfield corners and first base. He came up with the Red Sox and became a fan favorite in Boston in 2010 as a 27-year-old rookie. Some Phillies fans will remember him for hitting a grand slam off Joe Blanton in his first major-league plate appearance.

Nava had a few decent years in Boston, the best of which was 2013, when he had 536 plate appearances and hit .303/.385/.445 with 29 doubles, 12 homers and 66 RBIs. 

Nava's numbers and opportunities have dropped every year since. He was designated for assignment by Boston in 2015, latched on with the Rays, signed the next year with the Angels and was traded late in the season to the Royals.

Over the last two seasons, Nava has hit just .208, albeit with an on-base percentage 99 points higher because of his 30 walks and 10 hit by pitches.

Burnett, 34, has spent five of the last seven seasons in the Nationals' bullpen. He had a 2.85 ERA in 283 appearances from 2009-12 and parlayed that success into a two-year, $7.25 million contract with the Angels. However, he barely pitched in 2013 and 2014 for the Halos because of an elbow tear. He returned to the Nats last season and allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings.

Burnett, perhaps more so than Nava, has a chance to fill a role with the Phillies if he can stay healthy. He's shown he can get outs at the highest level, posting a 2.38 ERA in 2012 with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2.14 ERA with 8.9 K/9 in 2010. That was a long time ago now, and Burnett's fastball has dipped from averaging 90-91 mph to 88.

According to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith, Burnett will receive a $1.25 million salary if he makes the team and can earn another $1.75 million in incentives based on his number of appearances.

Burnett has an opt-out date of March 26, meaning he can become a free agent a week before the regular season begins if it looks to him like he isn't in the Phils' plans.

Nava's chances at cracking the opening-day roster seem longer because the Phillies are expected to make more depth signings between now and the start of camp. They've prioritized finding some offense in the corner outfield and that could come in the form of more minor-league deals, a guaranteed contract or trade. One potential fit I examined last week was Mariners outfielder Seth Smith, a hitter more proven than Nava (see story).

These minor-league deals were commonplace for Phillies general manager Matt Klentak last offseason, when the only free agent he signed to a major-league deal was reliever David Hernandez. 

Last season, three players who were signed to minor-league deals with invites to spring training made the team on opening day: outfielder Cedric Hunter, utilityman Emmanuel Burriss and reliever James Russell.

Others, such as former closers Edward Mujica, Ernesto Frieri and Andrew Bailey, failed to make the team out of camp. Bailey eventually earned a call-up; the other two didn't.

Former Sixer Lou Williams lighting it up with Lakers off the bench

Former Sixer Lou Williams lighting it up with Lakers off the bench

Former Sixers point guard and Meek Mill collaborator Lou Williams is enjoying quite the run off the bench for the Lakers recently.

Over Los Angeles' last four games, Williams has posted totals of 40, 38, 24, and 35 points. 

The six-man is averaging 34.5 points per game over the stretch, and his 137 points are the most off the bench in a four-game span by any player since 1970-71, when stats were first recorded, per Elias Sports Bureau, via ESPN. Williams is now averaging 19.3 points this season, which is 4.4 more than his highest average with the Sixers.

Williams isn’t the only player who used to play for the Sixers that is playing well for the Lakers this year. Nick “Swaggy P” Young, who also comes off the bench, is averaging 13.3 points per game. Just a few weeks ago, Swaggy P stole a pass intended for Lou Williams, and then proceeded to hit a game winner against the Thunder. Swaggy P, however, is currently sidelined with a right calf strain, but is getting closer to a return.

"Lou Will" was also talked about last April during Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game, when he was beefing on Twitter with another former Philadelphia athlete, LeSean McCoy.